The Animal Anthropocene: The Psychology of Animals and Our Changing Environments
The anthropocene is a name for the current geological era marked by human activity. Through the lens of comparative psychology (animal behavior and cognition), this program will examine a range of human/animal interactions and animal/environment interactions that are changing as we move through the anthropocene.
For example, we will examine how human-produced noise (traffic, sonar, etc.) affects animal communication, the impact of light pollution and landfills, and how habitat fragmentation is causing animals to either adapt to new urban environments or perish. In addition, we will explore the thin boundary between our mammalian selves and other animal species as we consider ways to live more sustainably.
Our learning objectives for the program are to use studies of human/non-human animal interfaces to develop analytical frames, raise ethical questions, consider new directions, and create meaningful applications for our learning. We will offer workshops to develop writing and communication skills. Learning modalities will include: lecture, examining readings, films, and other resources together; seminar discussion; student-led projects; and hopefully some field trips (conditions permitting).
Final reading list will be available on the program syllabus.
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$50 Student fees will cover entrance fees for day field trips
|2022-04-18||Program moved to spring quarter (was fall)|